Neck pain is a common source of disability among Canadians, especially in women. Burning-like pain, numbness and/or weakness into the shoulder blades, arms and hands is common. Other symptoms may include headaches, jaw pain and acute pain into the ear. Most neck pain sufferers have repeated flare ups and remissions and never really have full resolution of the problem. Neck pain can be successfully treated if the cause of the problem is identified.
– Do you have a hard time turning your head left or right?
– Does your neck hurt if you’re looking down at your tablet or laptop for too long?
– Do you suffer from headaches at the back of the head, behind the eyes, across the forehead or just on one side?
– Do you have burning pain into the shoulder blades or on the shoulder ridges?
– Do you experience heaviness in the arm(s) that comes and goes?
– Do you experience numbness in the arms or hand?
– Does your neck hurt when driving or checking your blind spot?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, you are most likely suffering from mechanical neck pain or a pinched nerve in the neck. The best form of assessing and treating mechanical neck pain is the McKenzie Method.